For local basketball fans, the holiday season really begins this weekend with the Rebel Classic, which is two high school tournaments held simultaneously at Hays High School.
The fields this year include 15 teams in the girls tournament, including Hays and San Marcos, as well as 12 teams in the boys tournament, including Hays and San Marcos.
The girls bracket features four teams ranked by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC), including Pflugerville (Class 5A No. 16), Del Valle (Class 4A No. 12), Weimar (Class 2A No. 13) and Thorndale (Class 1A Division I No. 3).
But two of the more interesting teams are local and unranked. Hays is 10-1 and probably the favorite in District 17-4A. San Marcos, also in District 17-4A, is 10-5 after a 51-48 win at home Monday night against Lytle, which is rated No. 13 in Class 3A.
The Rattlers came from 16 points down in the third quarter to force the Lytle game into overtime and win it. The Rattlers now have won four straight.
“I’m happy with how we’re going,” San Marcos coach Shad Scharlach said. “We’re a real team. We all get after it.”
The Rattlers will open the Rebel Classic Friday at 9 a.m. against Round Rock at Graham Gymnasium. If the Rattlers win, they face Pflugerville Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the red gymnasium. If they lose, they play again Thursday at 6 p.m. in Graham Gymnasium against Thursday morning’s loser between New Braunfels Canyon and Pflugerville Connally.
The Hays girls will start their home tournament Thursday at noon against Alamo Heights in Oran Bales Gymnasium. With a win, Hays would play Thursday at 6 p.m. in Bales against Thursday’s winner between Weimar and Leander. A Hays loss in its opener would put it in a 7:30 p.m. Thursday game in Graham against the loser between Vista Ridge and Thorndale.
The San Marcos boys are 6-3 after a dramatic, 52-21 win Tuesday night in the Snake Pit against Schertz Clemens, ranked No. 13 in Class 4A by TABC. Cameron Austin hit his sixth three-pointer of the night with two seconds remaining to give the Rattlers the win.
The boys side of the Rebel Classic will feature a peculiar pool system in which each of four pools has three teams, but only one of those teams plays two pool games and the other two pool teams each play one game. Following pool play Thursday, the first place team from each pool goes into one four-team bracket, the second place teams go in another and the third-place teams go in another.
The Rattlers will play only one pool game, that coming Thursday at 9 a.m. against McNeil at Bales Gymnasium. The other pool game will put McNeil against Copperas Cove at 1:30 p.m. Those results will determine how San Marcos is scheduled in the Friday brackets.
Hays is 3-1 after a 66-56 loss Tuesday night against Travis at Bales Gymnasium. The Rebels will play two pool games. The first, at 10:30 a.m. comes at Bales against Stoney Point. The second will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Bales against Smithson Valley.
The ranked teams in the boys tournament are San Antonio Stevens (Class 5A No. 9) and Brownfield (Class 2A No. 10).Email | Print